With the summer season fast approaching you may find yourself with a little extra time on your hands. Here is a list of reasons you should consider volunteering.
You get to help those who need it. This is the obvious benefit, right? But it’s also the
most important part. As a volunteer, you have a great opportunity to give back to your community in any area that is important to you. What passion could you pass on to others?
- Volunteering is great for your mental and even physical health. Not only does volunteering boost self-confidence and happiness, but it has also been found that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates than those who don’t.
- Volunteering can teach you the social and networking skills that you will need as an adult. Volunteering can teach you how to network and build a list of important contacts. The people you volunteer with are also great candidates for recommendation letters for college and future jobs. These are the people who have seen how you interact with others in social situations and how you handle new challenges.
- Volunteering lets you see how others experience the world and opens your eyes to something new. From giving food at animal shelters to shelving books at the library, volunteering can expose you to very new experiences that you may not have known otherwise. Having new experiences can help you discover a new passion, and gives you the contacts to pursue that passion.
- Make your resume shine. Volunteer experience can set you apart from other applicants for job and school applications. Your volunteer experience shows that you are ambitious, that you care about your community, and that you are willing to work to affect change. These are great qualities that recruiters and admissions officers look for in a potential student or employee.
Volunteer Opportunities @ the Library
With as little as two extra hours per week, you could volunteer time at the DeWitt District Library. During the summer our VolunTeens help us with a variety of tasks from handing our summer reading prizes to helping kids with craft projects. For more information about becoming a volunteer at the library visit our VolunTeen page.
Need even more reasons to volunteer?….
Opens doors to new experiences and unique opportunities
Develop skills that help you to give back to your community
Meet new people and make new friends
Improve interpersonal skills through teamwork and networking
Increased self motivation and improved academic success
Opportunity to discover new skills, talents and interests
An inside look at how organizations operate
Critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork development
Take a look at the “real” working world
Networks to future opportunities
Working with others to accomplish greater things
Improving lives of people in the community
Creating healthy, sustainable communities
It is around this time every year that high school seniors really feel the pressures that come with applying for college. Most seniors are advised to have their applications completed and turned in no later than the first week of November. So what if you haven’t even started the process? Our recommendation, don’t stress and the Library is here to help! Click on over to our College Prep page for a Senior Guide that includes worksheets and step-by-step instructions for everything you need to get through the college app process. Then consider registering for our College Essay Writing Seminar which will give you the information and tips that you need for completing the perfect admissions essay.
Each year the Library relies on a number of teen volunteers to help provide support at library programs and work on special projects. Teen volunteers can gain experience working with children, helping to keep the library organized, providing support and guidance at events, and registering participants for our summer reading program. Our volunTeens are a critical part of our summer programming. Library events are often packed with families looking for fun summer activities and our volunTeens help to ensure that these programs run smoothly and everybody has a great time. With a commitment of just 2 hours per week teens who have completed the 6th grade can build volunteer hours, gain valuable work experience and participate in family fun summer programs. The Library is now accepting volunTeen applications of our summer volunteering session. Click on over to our VolunTeens page for more information or to print an application today.
Kelly Jensen a librarian and a blogger at STACKED shared this fantastic flowchart of current YA books, suitable for all readers, with Book Riot and we thought it was so good we wanted to pass it along to you. Kelly explains Green Light Reads as “a book that doesn’t contain a lot of swearing, gory violence, partying, or sensitive content. It’s not like any of those things are bad in YA books (they’re not, and frankly, dark, edgy YA is my favorite kind of YA), but there’s something to be said about having a ready list of books that would go over with little objection to almost any reader.” This list of books is also perfect for the tween reader starting to show interest in YA fiction. A printable version can be found here: Download the PDF
The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually to the author of an original work that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The award includes a statewide teen vote from a list of top ten books that were selected by a group of Michigan youth and teen librarians.
DDL Teens your challenge is to read all of these books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you feel is the best book. Vote for your fav by accessing the online voting ballot and make your selection. Be sure to vote by May 31, 2015.
The winning title will be announced in October during the 2015 Michigan Library Association Fall Conference so be sure to check back and see if your pick takes home the top honor.
Current and future babysitters will learn effective ways to keep children safe in their care by learning emergency procedures, discipline techniques, diapering, age appropriate activities, pediatric CPR, rescue breathing, the Heimlich maneuver, and basic first aid skills needed while babysitting.
Saturday, March 21st
10 am – 4 pm
For ages 12 and up
Participants should bring a sack lunch and, if desired, an afternoon snack.
Class fee: $30 and registration is required at least 48 hours prior to the program date.